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Governor:Tim Walz
Commissioner of Education:Mary Cathryn Ricker
Quality Counts state grade:B-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:857,235
Number of school districts:579
Number of public schools:2,534
Number of public school teachers:55,690
Unadjusted education spending per student:$11,464
Percent minority students:30.4%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:38.3%
Percent of students with disabilities:14.6%
Percent of English-language learners:7.8%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:52.6%
8th grade math:46.4%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:39.1%
8th grade reading:39.3%

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A Minnesota legislator who sponsored the first charter school law in the country, Ember Reichgott Junge, dispels a few myths about the charter movement.
June 13, 2012 – Education Week
The agreement ends a federal probe into whether Anoka-Hennepin schools could have done more to address gay-related bullying.
March 14, 2012 – Education Week
A suicide call center in the state is getting as many cellphone text messages from teenagers in a day as it used to get phone calls from teens in a month.
February 8, 2012 – Education Week
Minnesota is the only applicant that did not adopt the common-core standards and is not taking part in designing common assessments.
December 14, 2011 – Education Week
While school board races tend to be sleepy affairs, a handful of elections around the country drew high voter turnout and—in some cases—plenty of campaign cash.
November 10, 2011 – Education Week
November 2, 2011 – Education Week
Most states have laws addressing bullying but now federal lawmakers are getting in the game.
November 2, 2011 – Education Week
The Safe Routes to School program has received $820 million in federal aid to promote walking to school and reducing childhood obesity, but changing public behavior has proven challenging.
October 12, 2011 – Education Week
An assignment plan intended to keep schools socioeconomically balanced spurs a bitter debate in suburban Eden Prairie.
October 5, 2011 – Education Week
More middle- and high-income students are choosing cheaper schools, living at home, and getting grants and scholarships to pay for college, according to a new study.
August 23, 2011 – McClatchy-Tribune

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